Manchester United set to be missing six players while Liverpool expect key duo to be fit after passing fitness tests

Manchester United are set to be without six first-team players when they travel to Anfield this evening while Liverpool should have a fully fit squad once again.

The Red Devils narrowly beat Norwich City at the weekend and will be worried about facing Liverpool, who beat Manchester City in the FA Cup semi-final at Wembley.

Jurgen Klopp’s players are flying at the moment and will relish the opportunity to deal damage to United’s Champions League qualification hopes as their rivals battle with Arsenal, Spurs and West Ham for a top-four spot.

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Things could get significantly worse for Ralf Rangnick and his players as the United boss confirmed to the media that five players are injured while Cristiano Ronaldo will be unlikely to take to the pitch following the tragic passing of his twin baby boy.

Rangnick told Manutd.com: “Rapha [Varane] didn’t train with the team. He was on the pitch with one of our rehab coaches. But with regard to injured players, we have the same situation that we had in the last two games.”

Luke Shaw has been ruled out for the rest of the season after undergoing surgery while Scot McTominay, Edinson Cavani and Fred will all miss the Liverpool clash with respective injuries.

Liverpool don’t need any more advantages to beat United this season after thrashing them 5-0 at Old Trafford earlier in the campaign but given the importance of placing Manchester City under pressure, a win tonight has never been more vital.

The 2-2 draw at the Etihad was a missed opportunity for the Reds as they could have taken the title race into their own hands. Now, they can do little more than win every game that is in front of them and show the Premier League how good they are.

Liverpool are just 1 point behind Man City in the table but their recent form in the league is cause for optimism regardless of who the opposition is.

Before the City draw, Klopp’s side had conceded just 2 goals in 10 league games, winning 10 in a row.

Diogo Jota, Virgil van Dijk, Thiago and Roberto Firmino

Mohamed Salah and Diogo Jota were both doubts for Liverpool heading into the huge FA Cup sem-final with Manchester City but it seems both have overcome their respective niggles and are in contention to start tonight.

Jota, according to Manchester Evening News, had been a minor doubt for the Wembley showpiece after being withdrawn against Benfica before the 60-minute mark but he featured for 5 minutes against City.

Salah, meanwhile, had also “carrying a slight concern heading into Saturday’s game” but he played the full match as the Reds beat Pep Guardiola’s men 3-2, booking their place in the final where they will face Chelsea.

Michael Mongie
Football Central Media Group founder, owner and editor.

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